Buerger Brothers Beauty Supply (now Buerger Brothers)

Montana Fallis
1929; refurbished in 1998

French-influenced art deco

This smallish cosmetics store has wonderful art deco terra cotta ornament (designed by Julius Ambrusch) in both geometric and organic forms. Fluted pilasters, which flank each bay, terminate in flaring forms. Decorative roundels with foliate forms are spaced at the top between the flared "capitals." And bands of horizontal ribbons accentuate the top and bottom of the facade. The decoration in the spandrel panels is not precisely symmetrical, although it reads from a distance as balanced.

Decorated spandrel panels


Decorative "base" to the fluted pilasters and ribbon-like "string course"


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